Being an artist is probably one of the biggest dreams you have, at least it was for me. I loved drawing since childhood so creating my own artwork has been a passion of mine for many years now.
I remember when I was in elementary school getting into art class every day after school! My classmates would always comment how I put more effort into my paintings than anyone else, which inspired me to keep painting.
As I grew older I continued taking classes at various colleges but nothing really stuck. It felt like I was constantly starting and quitting on projects because I didn’t feel that I “needed” another arts education degree.
It wasn’t until I retired from teaching and started working full time as a freelance designer and illustrator where things got going again.
Now I love what I do and am able to make a living out of it! Hopefully this article will help you pursue your artistic dream and get exhibiting or at the very least publicizing your work.
Make your art look its best
A lot of people start painting, drawing or sculpting just because they want to create beautiful pictures. But very few take their craft seriously enough to invest in good equipment, high quality materials, and frequent practice.
It is important to make what you are creating look nice! If your artwork does not look professional then no one will think it was meant to be seen by others. They will assume that you did it for yourself instead of putting more effort into it.
Make sure to research how to use different types of paint and clay properly. There are many online resources and videos that can help you get started.
Also, spend time improving your artistic skills by practicing daily. You can do this by doing something you love (like writing) or finding other ways to hone your creativity.
Tell the gallery about your work
After you take some art classes, decide where to display your artwork. If you’d like to be considered for showing at a larger venue, then there is something called exhibiting your work. This is when galleries invite you to apply to show your paintings or sculptures at their exhibition spaces.
Most large companies have a program that allows artists to show their works in public for a set amount of time after being vetted by the organization. These programs are very popular so if you want to get showcased, you will need to find one that is well-known.
Some ways to gain exposure through exhibiting include having more followers on social media, writing articles and posts about your artistic style, and getting involved with artist groups to promote your work.
Prepare your exhibition contract
Before you begin preparing for your show, you will need to make sure that you have all of the necessary contracts ready! This includes your exhibition agreement, vlog cover letter, bio, and link to your website and social media accounts.
The exhibition agreement is very important and should be made ahead of time so that there are no disagreements later. Many artists include some kind of statement about responsibility in their exhibition agreements, but most don’t follow through with it.
It is helpful to know what your legal rights are as an artist, which can help prevent any potential problems in the future.
Know your rights
As mentioned before, being acknowledged as an artist comes down to promoting yourself and exposing your work where people can see it. But how you go about doing that is dependent on whether you are given copyright permission or not!
If you find yourself needing to prove your artistic legitimacy, then make sure to do so within legal bounds. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers for what constitutes infringement and when someone has infringed upon your art.
All I can advise is to remain calm and know that artists have been through this process many times before. You’re more likely to get through this by using resources and coming from a place of love for the arts than trying to win a battle in court.
Confirm your exhibition with the gallery
Before you begin taking steps to exhibit, you must first confirm that your exhibition is acceptable at this specific venue. This means making sure there are no objections from the gallery staff or owners.
They may ask you why you want to show your work, if it is not professional, or whether you have enough money to invest in art. They might even question if you can pay for all of the materials and expenses involved in putting up your work.
These are all valid questions, but they should be answered before agreeing to display your work. By being prepared, you will know what to say!
If anyone does get upset, do not take their comments too seriously. Art galleries deal with many artists so chances are they have seen similar works before and are just trying to make small talk.
Also remember that not every artist’s style appeals to everyone. Some people may feel overwhelmed by all of the colors or styles used in some pieces.
While it is great to admire other artists’ work, you should only pursue showing your own artwork once you are certain that it is authentic and you are happy with it.
Register your exhibition
The next step in getting exhibited as an artist is registering with at least one art organization that accepts artists as members or as exhibitors. This not only gives you credit for being an artist, it also allows you to access all of their resources and tools. These resources include online galleries where you can display your work, promotional material such as t-shirts, brochures, and posters, and even digital portfolios!
Most organizations offer both membership options and associate member opportunities which do not require you to be actively engaged in the artistic community but are able to use their services.
Provide proof of your identity
As we mentioned before, being exhibited as an artist means showing that you are able to describe yourself as an artist and show off some work.
It also means having their trust in you as an artist because they believe you when you say you’re an artist. This is why it is so important to have proof of who you claim to be as an artist!
Take our word for it – if you don’t have any proof of who you say you are, then chances are we won’t be buying anything from you. We might even call the cops!
We can’t emphasize this enough: do not lie about being an artist or claiming to teach art to people. It will hurt you in the end.
Artists pay their dues for years by doing things like washing dishes or working in a restaurant to fund their dreams.
As we mentioned before, being able to show your work and gain exposure for yourself is one of the most important things you can do as an artist. But there is a very small percent of people out there who are willing to invest their time in creating art without some kind of backing.
Most artists need money to buy materials or pay bills, which means having adequate coverage is essential.
General liability policies cover situations where someone comes into your home or business space and gets hurt. More advanced levels of coverage include property damage due to accidents or theft.
Artists should have both types of coverage. General liability policies typically cost around $100 per month, while higher level coverage like property damage only costs about $50 per month.
These two policies together make up what is called second-party coverage. This covers all parties outside your house or business, so if anyone else gets injured at your place they will be covered too!
Second party coverage is extremely important to have, even if you believe you will never suffer a lawsuit from someone else. It does not depend on whether you’re popular or not, but rather just because something might happen to you later, legal procedures must be put in place.
Having this type of coverage makes sure that everything goes smoothly after a claim.